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Emily Washines

Emily Washines is a Central Washington University alumna and distinguished member of the Yakama Nation. She works as a public relations specialist for the Yakama Nation Fisheries, where she is responsible for communicating cutting-edge science locally, regionally, and nationally, such as about the reintroduce of a locally extinct salmon species.


With more than 20 years of broadcast and video experience, Washines serves as president of—and coordinates a yearly film series for—the Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation. She also is on the advisory board of the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, where she assists with exhibits and the annual Salmon Run. Washines has also launched a Native lifestyle empowerment business, “Native Friends,” which focuses on language, history, culture, and providing parenting resources.


At CWU, Washines received baccalaureate degrees in public policy and political science in 2006. She also minored in economics and served as president of the Native American Student Association, where she developed and coordinated yearly cultural and educational events. Prior to coming to CWU, she was Washington Governor Gary Locke’s education intern.


Following graduation, CWU hired Washines as an admissions counselor. She also was the university’s Native American liaison and led President James L. Gaudino’s Diversity Council before going on to earn a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.


Her six-year term on the CWU BOT will continue through September 2023.

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